Dog friendly Autumn adventures in the Cotswolds
Yiipppeee it's our favourite time of year! Autumn walks, kicking leaves, hot chocs by the fire...
We've gathered together some of our favourite dog friendly Autumn walks in and around the Cotswolds along with our best loot for maximum Autumnal fun!
Don't forget to take some snax to enjoy whilst you are out and about!
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How about grabbing yourself a gorgeous set of #OrangeIsCool Ruffwear to wear on your Autumn adventures?
We've got collars, leads and harness to strut your autumn styles!
Walking through Autumn colours
We love Autumn for the cool crisp walks, the beautiful colours and the opportunity to stop for a warming pub lunch!
Here are a few of our favourite walks, and lots of useful links to find your next adventure.
The Hunter Davao training lead has three rings to allow you to lengthen and shorten the lead to suit different types of walk.
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We have a wide range of Flexi leads for all size dogs from 3, 5 and 8 meters in length.
Take a look at the Woodland Trust website where you will find a brilliant list of woodland walks, details of flora and fauna to look out for during your walk and they have a list of handy tips for respecting the woodland whilst walking your dog.
The All Trails website is also superb for giving you information on walks including comments and tips from people who have completed the walks.
Take some treats to practice recall or for a pit-stop!
This Ruffwear Treat Trader bag features a waterproof liner that will keep greasy or juicy treats contained, while water-resistant shell fabric protects treats from outside elements.
The Treat Trader opens easily with the pull of a tab and snaps closed with an audible cue from the secure magnetic closure.
Don't forget to pack some water and a handy bowl! The Ruffwear Quencher is super lightweight and easy to carry.
Swift's Hill and Frith Wood are also both just 1 mile away from Laurie Lee, so you could easily combine a couple of locations.
Dogs on leads during these walks pals, due to important wildflowers and occasional free-grazing cattle.
The Trust's website has loads of more locations on for you to visit including Crickley Hill and Coopers Hill of cheese rolling fame.
We'd love you to stick to the suggestions of enjoying and protecting these wonderful, ancient and important sites.
We know it's a terribly obvious thing to say, but these habitats are beautiful to visit, but they aren't there for your convenience. Do be prepared by taking a look at the accessibility, length of walk and difficulty of gradients. Any visits will be greatly improved if you go prepared.
Another good source of woodland walk information is the National Trust website.
For example, the Woodchester Park Boathouse walk. 'Nestled in the Cotswolds, the secluded valley of Woodchester Park is home to the remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park, a Victorian mansion, a chain of five lakes fringed by woodland and pasture, and an abundance of wildlife.'
Dogs on leads for this particular walk pals, as there could be grazing livestock. You will find all the info needed for dog walking, including accessibility, parking and route maps on the NT website.
If you are heading on a longer walk that may not include bins, we think the Ruffwear Pack-Out bag is a great piece of kit. It keeps a roll with you and will hold a full poo bag in a water-resistant shell fabric and waterproof lining to contain the pong.
Wear around your waist or clip to a belt or bag, then get rid of the bag when you are back near a bin.
The Ruffwear Stash Bag carries a full roll of bags, plus has an internal secure pocket for keys, money etc.
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Cleeve Hill is just a few minutes outside of Cheltenham. It's Gloucestershire's highest point and has fantastic views. Great at any time of day, but particularly wonderful at sunset!
Cleeve Hill/Cleeve Common is shared land with free-grazing sheep at certain times of year (not all year), and it is also used by horses, mountain bikers, golfers and walkers (oh and there are tons of rabbits) - so if your dog is in anyway reactive, then lead walks are best.
Having said that, it's huge and you can always find a quiet spot. The hill is criss-crossed with paths and no two walks have to be the same. There's also a great dipping pool for wading and swimming - it's not too deep.
Cleeve is crossed by The Cotswold Way, a route which stretches 102 miles across the Cotswolds. A brilliant way to see this beautiful area, you can do parts of the route as it's well sign-posted - find more details here Cotswold Way - National Trails
You may want to pack a lightweight waterproof for your walking adventures pals. The Ruffwear Sun Shower is a fantastic coat - long length and sides to protect you from the rain and wind. It packs down tiny small for your rucksack.
We also have brilliant warm options from Ruffwear.
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We've also got fantastic waterproof and full coverage coats from Rukka. Everything you need for a comfy walk!
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